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The Adolescent Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in their pursuit of public and private grants to support local programs. Its five elements contain information and resources that assist the grant seeker with developing their project, writing the grant proposal and managing the grant upon its award.

Task 7: Integrate Culturally Responsive Teaching Methodologies

Guideline: Integrating culturally responsive instructional strategies with literacy instruction plays an important part in improving adolescent literacy among students of other national origins and American Indian nations. Possessing an awareness of literacy instruction with culturally responsive teaching strategies enables fourth and fifth teachers to enhance instructional strategies.




Reading Comprehension Strategies for English Language Learners

This article provides guidance on adolescent literacy strategies aimed specifically at English language learners.


Research-based Recommendations for Instruction and Academic Interventions

This link is to a Center on Instruction guide providing research-based recommendations for instruction and academic interventions. The document may be useful to policymakers, administrators, and K-12 teachers.


Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents

This Center on Instruction guidance document is aimed at state-level policy makers as they work to improve adolescent literacy.


American Indian and Alaskan Native Learning Styles

Authored by Karen Swisher, Ed.D., this article reviews the effect of learning styles in the teaching of American Indian and Alaskan Native students. It provides an overview of the research on learning styles and suggests how teachers should approach understanding how their native students learn. As Director of the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University, Dr. Swisher was instrumental in recognizing learning styles as an important element in the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers in schools attended by American Indian and Alaskan Native children.


Classroom Implications of the Learning Styles of American Indian and Alaska Native Students

Authored by Soleste Hilberg and Roland Tharp, "this Digest begins with a brief discussion of two prominent definitions of learning styles and then describes studies that have found differences between the learning styles of American Indian students and students of other cultural groups. The Digest then presents instructional interventions stemming from learning styles research."  Download PDF


Language and Reading Interventions for English Language Learners and English Language Learners with Disabilities

This link is to a Center on Instruction document addressing language and reading interventions for English language learners (ELLs) and ELL students with disabilities.


Meeting the Literacy Development Needs of Adolescent English Language Learners Through Content Area Learning

"This Education Alliance paper highlights the substantial overlap in recommended practices from two emerging areas of educational research: research on the academic literacy development of adolescents and research on English language learners (ELLs) in secondary schools. Specifically, this paper examines instructional principles related to the connection between students' motivation and engagement and their literacy development as supported by both bodies of literature. These principles include making connections to students' lives, creating responsive classrooms, and having students interact with each other and with text."


Teaching Diverse Learners

The Teaching Diverse Learners website "provides access to information publications, educational materials, and the work of experts in the field that promotes high achievement for ELLs."